When you climb the classic career ladder you might find yourself, somewhere along the road, quite unsatisfied. I’ve coached senior CEO’s that has climbed that ladder all their life. Driven by the ego, admiration, power, prestige and status. And to be honest, they’re hardly ever happy.
At the end of their career they “have it all” but the sacrifices that they had to do to get it is eating them up from inside. Society looks upon these careers with admiration but what people who has climbed the ladder often feels is complete emptiness. They got caught up in the normative definition of defining success and they know they can’t rewrite history. When I ask them if they have one good advice for the next coming generation it’s always the same:
“Find what you enjoy, what you’re passionate about, and do it! Don’t let others tell you what’s important!”
What we enjoy doing differs over time. The same goes for what we believe is our purpose in life. In order to optimize your true potential I believe that it’s extremely important that you give yourself the freedom to be dynamic to those changes and look upon career not as a ladder but as a possibility to do more of the things you enjoy. More things that are meaningful to you!
So if you’re caught in the career race, chasing titles and power, remember that there is no joy in a title – it’s just a title. The joy comes if you truly enjoy doing the tasks that comes with it! Whether you’re an entrepreneur or an employee, make sure that the career you’re choosing is yours!